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Shawarma al Pastor

8/19/2019
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We’re back in Mexico! This week, we dive into the very non-Mexican roots of the beloved taco al pastor. We discuss the collapse of the silk industry in Lebanon, the Ottoman Empire’s consulate program, and how tacos al pastor represent the classic immigration to America story. Finally, we learn about Spain’s jamon obsession.

Duration:00:14:45

Scream for Ice Cream

8/3/2019
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We’re back! And we’re starting season 3 off on a far more cheerful note than we ended season 2. In honor of July, heat waves, climate change, and sweating, we’re starting off this new season with an ode to ice cream and how a snack for the 1% became the people’s dairy confection. We discuss … Continue reading Scream for Ice Cream

Duration:00:13:02

Frybread: A Story of Tragedy and Resilience

4/22/2019
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On our season finale, we decide to dig into the story of one of the most iconic modern Native American foods – frybread. We talk about the events surrounding the Long Walk, how frybread emerged, and the enduring cultural significance and importance of this humble yet delicious food for the Navajo community. Finally, we discuss … Continue reading Frybread: A Story of Tragedy and Resilience

Duration:00:27:23

An Arabian Tale: Biryani Goes West

4/1/2019
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This week, we return to one of our favorite dishes, but we’re not talking about it in India. Instead, we delve into why and how this flavorful mix of rice, spices, oil, and meat became so popular in the United Arab Emirates. We discuss the historical ties between the Arab world and South Asia, the … Continue reading An Arabian Tale: Biryani Goes West

Duration:00:38:28

The Best Pies in Hanoi

3/17/2019
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This week, we’re going to a part of the world we haven’t really talked about yet: southeast Asia. And, of course, we have to talk about colonialism. We discuss the basic tenets of Vietnamese cuisine, the fabled origin story of puff pastry, and how pate chaud traveled from the streets of revolutionary France to kitchens … Continue reading The Best Pies in Hanoi

Duration:00:16:37

I Want Candy

3/2/2019
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This week, we have four sweet vignettes about candy, society, and history. We discuss how the military ended up with a large shipment of tootsie rolls, the origin story of jelly beans, why British kids liked cockroach candies, and how capitalism did not capitalize on Halloween for candy sales. We provide a literary analysis of … Continue reading I Want Candy

Duration:00:28:38

Pod Save Georgia… or Georgia Save the Pod?

2/16/2019
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To kick off February, we’ve got an episode on an overlooked story of a woman who helped feed countless activists during the Civil Rights Movement. We explore how food creates spaces for activism, the connection between a small restaurant and the Freedom Riders, and why Georgia Gilmore is an unsung hero of a pivotal time … Continue reading Pod Save Georgia… or Georgia Save the Pod?

Duration:00:16:04

The Codfather

2/1/2019
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As the title of this week’s episode suggests, we’re diving into the fish trade and the immigrant story that gave rise to cod-related black markets. We discuss why Portuguese immigrants came to Massachusetts, how they became the backbone of the American cod industry, and how this lucrative market developed fishy practices. Finally, we make fun … Continue reading The Codfather

Duration:00:20:33

The Great Molasses Flood

1/20/2019
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It’s a new year so we’ve got a new episode. This week, we cover one of the great food tragedies of the Gilded Age and its effects on how to make cities safe from industrial accidents. Of course, that means we’re covering one of our favorite topics: the moral failures of capitalism. We also discuss … Continue reading The Great Molasses Flood

Duration:00:21:08

A Lotta Latkes

12/16/2018
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It’s our wonderful, Holiday special! But we’re not talking about Christmas this year. We’ve got a whole episode on Hanukkah, and more importantly, why people eat latkes at Hanukkah. Join us as we discuss the different kinds of cooking fats, why you have to eat fried foods at Hanukkah, and whether or not latkes are … Continue reading A Lotta Latkes

Duration:00:17:12

Desiccated Grapes

11/29/2018
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This week, we’re changing it up with a book review! We review The Culinary Crescent: A History of Middle Eastern Cuisine by Peter Heine, which gives readers a lovely overview of the long and storied history of food in the Middle East and among Muslim societies stretching from Turkey to India. We discuss recipes, Faye … Continue reading Desiccated Grapes

Duration:00:21:18

Liberté, Egalité, Sucre

11/15/2018
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Get ready with your favorite Victor Hugo novel, because we’ve got Francophone revolutions on our mind this week. But we’re not talking about any revolutions in France. Instead, we dive into the complex history of the Haitian revolution and the ties between the French sugar trade and the first country for black folks in the … Continue reading Liberté, Egalité, Sucre

Duration:00:26:54

Transformers Take Over Europe: The Chocolate Saga Continues

11/1/2018
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This week, chocolate does a reverse Columbus by leaving the New World and landing in Europe. From the ships of unbathed merchants to the courts of royalty become the next big thing, and from there, the whirlwind romance between Europe and chocolate began. We discuss how the Industrial Revolution, H.H. Holmes, and condensed milk are … Continue reading Transformers Take Over Europe: The Chocolate Saga Continues

Duration:00:20:08

Praise the Corn Gods! Corn, Pt. 2

9/27/2018
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We’re wrapping up our corn mini-series by going back in time. We start by following the mystery around the domestication of corn in Mesoamerica. Then, we explore the importance of corn in pre-Columbian life, particularly in Mayan and Aztec religions. We discuss the Mayan Maize God and Centeotl, the role of corn in the creation … Continue reading Praise the Corn Gods! Corn, Pt. 2

Duration:00:26:40

They Got Lost Again: Corn in Africa

9/14/2018
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We’re kicking off a mini-series on corn this week with a return appearance from the world’s worst navigators. That’s right, Vasco Da Gama and crew are back on the podcast as we trace the path of corn from the New World to Africa. We discuss how corn followed European expansion into Africa and helped build … Continue reading They Got Lost Again: Corn in Africa

Duration:00:15:43

Chop Suey! An American Tale

8/30/2018
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This week, we’re rushing to California to find gold. We’re discussing how the 1949 Gold Rush created the San Francisco we know and love, and the Chester A. Arthur we know and hate. Plus, we discuss how the uniquely Chinese-American dish Chop Suey came to be, and the role New York Jewish Americans played in … Continue reading Chop Suey! An American Tale

Duration:00:22:22

Not your Heinz 57: A Minisode

8/16/2018
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This week, we have a amuse-bouche of an episode where Faye gives us an old-time ketchup recipe that tastes nothing like the red sauce you know and love. In fact, this ketchup isn’t even red. That’s right, this is a ketchup with absolutely no tomatoes. Learn more about how to make ketchup without tomatoes.

Duration:00:06:49

The Great French Lie: A Croissant Expose

8/2/2018
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Inspired by a discussion with our very favorite executive producer, Mary Vo, we decided to explore a great misconception about everyone’s favorite breakfast pastry. Turns out, croissants aren’t French at all. We trace the known history of croissants and speculate wildly about how medieval crescent rolls became the buttery, flaky rolls of heaven that we … Continue reading The Great French Lie: A Croissant Expose

Duration:00:24:59

Thomas Jefferson, the OG Hipster

7/20/2018
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The Thomas Jefferson Trilogy ends with an discussion of the third President’s very expensive tastes that eventually made him go into heavy debt. We explore Jefferson’s famed cattiness, including his snide comments about whiskey-drinkers. We also discuss how Jefferson, though a smart farmer, was pretty terrible at it, unlike George Washington. But, apparently, Jefferson was … Continue reading Thomas Jefferson, the OG Hipster

Duration:00:18:41

Hot Takes and Hot Cakes: The James Hemings Story

7/5/2018
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We continue our story of the Founding Fathers and food by taking a deep dive into America’s third President’s very expensive, very European food and drink habits. We discuss Thomas Jefferson’s crazy party-planning skills/booze-purchasing habits. More importantly, we trace the origin story of one of America’s first chefs, James Hemings (brother of Sally) and this … Continue reading Hot Takes and Hot Cakes: The James Hemings Story

Duration:00:19:27